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Haute Couture Highlights

The haute couture shows in Paris have come to a close, after a week of breathtaking dresses and incredible glamour from labels including Chanel, Valentino and Dior. Here’s a need-to-know summary of the week’s best shows…

At Dior, the interim team lead by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux after Raf Simons’ departure showed a soft, youthful collection that stayed true to the house’s codes with a focus on the waist.

There were romantic Venetian pagans at Valentino, as modern goddesses glided around the space in floor-length gowns and bare feet.

Karl Lagerfeld showed his Chanel collection at the Grand Palais, which had been transformed into a minimalist garden, complete with water lily ponds and a slatted wood pavilion. The collection centered on themes of sustainability and featured Gigi Hadid in a gold lamé cape.

At Armani Privé, Giorgio Armani showed why he is such a favourite on Hollywood’s big ticket red carpets with a collection based in soft tones of mauve.

The legendary Marchesa Luisa Casati, with her dark femme fatale beauty and lavish displays of wild eccentricities, served as Alberta Ferretti’s muse for her Limited Edition fall collection.

The Atelier Versace collection was a slashed, cut-away, plunging celebration of the female form, shown on women with enviably athletic bodies.